All That You Can't Leave Behind

U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope)U2's latest is the perfect example of an album that doesn't live up to the hype. The band claimed it was a return to its roots. What we got instead was basically Achtung Baby Part Two, only none of the songs are as good. The first single, "Beautiful Day" is fairly decent, but the disc quickly descends into mediocrity after that and stays there until the end of the disc. "Wild Honey" is OK, but like too much of the disc, it sounds too much like the band's earlier material. Has the band lost its edge (pun intended)? It certainly sounds that way. Maybe they're just getting old. Don't get me wrong, the CD isn't bad. It's better than their last two albums. However, there's nothing that grabs your attention either. My personal recommendation? Skip this one, and listen to Achtung Baby instead. It's the same thing, only a whole lot better.

Collector's note: this CD is also available as a limited edition

© 2000 Steve Marshall

Purchase this CD from Amazon.com